Project title: Product and brand divestiture: grounds, strategies and implementation processes (QK.09.14)



Code: QK.09.14
Research Chair: Vu Anh Dung
Coordinators:
  • Terry Hanby - Researcher and lecturer at Institute for Manufacturing, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Mai - Faculty of International Business and Economics - University of Economics and Business - Vietnam National University, Hanoi
  • Nguyen Bao Ngoc - University of Economics and Business - Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Administration Institution: University of Economics and Business - Vietnam National University, Hanoi

Duration: 1 year
Objectives: the research aims to
  • Analyze and synthesize reasons (grounds) for product and brand divestiture by firms. These will help firms to increase their awareness for the importance of the issue in their daily operations.
  • Build and develop strategies (i.e. ways/alternatives) and relative processes for product and brand divestiture in different situations so that firms can implement product and brand divestiture effectively and efficiently.

Main Contents

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Literature review on product and brand divestiture
  • Chapter3: Research methodology and design
  • Chapter 4: Introduction of Case studies and data analysis
  • Chapter 5: Discussions and conclusions
Research findings:

The research has analyzed and synthesized 9 main reasons for product and brand divestiture by firms. The findings of the research also include the development of 5 strategies for product and brand divestiture and their relative processes.

Publication of the project:

Tentative paper: Vũ Anh Dũng (2011), “Product and brand divestiture: identifying research gap and recommending future research directions”, Journal of World’s economic and political issues.

Applicability into practice of the research findings:

First, the research studies and synthesizes 9 main reasons for product and brand divestiture by firms. These help firms to realize the critical and inevitability of the issue in their business operations.

Secondly, the research develops 5 strategies/ways for firms to divest off their products and brands, so that they can choose the best alternative for their decision.

Thirdly, the divestment of products and brands normally results in risks of loosing market share, current clientele and relative turnover for firms. In many cases, firms encounter reverse competition from the divested products/brands to a third party. Divestment of a product or brand is not a simple but risky decision. The developed strategies and relative processes for product and brand divestiture - as research findings - help firms to lessen the risks and consequently to result in an effectiveness and efficiency.

Forthly, 7 case studies given by this research are useful referencing documents for teaching and learning applied to subjects/courses such as international business, product and brand management, marketing, strategy etc.

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